Art Tours and Maps

Explore the public art in Palm Desert on foot or online.

Free guided tours are available one Saturday a month from September through May. The tours offered November through May are part of First Weekend Palm Desert (click on link for more First Weekend Palm Desert events).  For details on the next tour, visit the Palm Desert Event Calendar. Groups of three or more can schedule their own free tour.

2016 Saturday Tours - Beginning at 9 a.m.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - **El Paseo
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Civic Center Park
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - *El Paseo
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - Civic Center Park
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Palm Desert Library
June - No scheduled tour
July - No scheduled tour
August - No scheduled tour
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - **El Paseo
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - *El Paseo
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Civic Center Park
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Palm Desert Library

*Meet at the northwest corner of El Paseo and Portola
**Meet at the northeast corner of El Paseo and Highway 74

Art and Architecture Tour

Download a map and take it with you as you visit more than 40 architecturally significant buildings and homes, as well as almost 100 pieces of artwork throughout the City.

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City Tour

Drive or walk through the City and enjoy more than 150 pieces of artwork.  Enjoy sculptures created from all types of materials, including tile, steel, stone, and even recycled airplane fuselage.

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Civic Center Park Tour

The 72 acre- Palm Desert Civic Center Park features more than 20 pieces of public art.  Highlights of this tour include the first work of public art to be commissioned and a piece created by Palm Desert’s youngest public artist.  The Park also features Holocaust and peace memorials.

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El Paseo Exhibition Tour

Stroll along El Paseo, Palm Desert’s elegant shopping avenue, and learn about the eighteen sculptures in the median between Highway 74 and Portola Avenue.  The El Paseo Exhibition rotates on a biennial basis bringing together emerging nationally and internationally renowned artists.  After the tour, enjoy shopping or dining at one of the many popular nearby restaurants.

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Fred Waring Corridor Tour

Explore the artwork along several miles of Fred Waring Drive, including work at the Palm Desert Library and at many of the City's businesses.

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